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Villagers put their best foot forward to help charity

Villagers from Winteringham are grabbing their walking boots and putting their best foot forward to help raise funds for Scunthorpe hospital’s maternity bereavement suite appeal.

Organised by senior steward of Winteringham Methodist Church William Maw, the sponsored walk has taken place for over 30 years helping various charities.

Walkers can choose between a short walk around the village, which is led by William’s wife Denise or a four-mile hike with William around the Humber banks and fields.

The walk finishes off with a barbeque at the Methodist Church. It is free for children but adults are asked to make a £1.50 towards the meal.

The event is being held on Sunday July 9, with 75 per cent of the proceeds going to the hospital’s appeal and the rest to Action for Children.

Trail leader William Maw said: “After watching our family friends suffer the heartache of losing their baby, I wanted to help make a difference to other families in the community who unfortunately will need the use of the suite.

“The walk enables people of all ages and fitness levels get involved with. Our youngest participant in the past has been aged five and the oldest 90.”

Walkers are asked to meet in the Methodist Church where the Rev Helen will lead the group in an act of worship, before heading out on their chosen walk.

Community champion Hayley Thompson said: “Unfortunately we will never be able to stop stillbirths happening but to be able to help provide a better environment for parents and their families at such a tragic time is so important.

“It is wonderful to see the community spirit in Winteringham and the support they are able to help.

“We really appreciate all our fundraisers, events and all the help we are receiving from bereaved parents and families to help us reach our £150,000 target.

“Hosting a sponsored walk is something everyone can be involved with and we hope that our local community can join together and support this event.”

If you would like to hear more about the HTF appeal please contact community champion Hayley Thompson: 03033 305672 or email

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